A philosophy driven by social justice.

Pets for Life is transforming the lives of dogs and cats by honoring the love people have for their pets, closing the service gap that exists for people and pets in underserved areas and bringing awareness in a new way to larger systemic inequities and injustices. Poverty and structural inequality create obstacles to affordable veterinary and pet wellness services similar to the challenges and barriers to accessing healthy food, education, jobs, health care and housing. With tens of millions of pets living with families in poverty—at least triple the number of dogs and cats entering shelters—the extreme lack of access to pet resources is a national crisis overlooked by most.

Lady Bird Worthy with her dog, Toby
A lifelong friendship
Serving people and pets in poverty

Pets for Life recognizes that a deep connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial and geographic boundaries and that no one should be denied the opportunity to experience the benefits and joy that come from the human-animal bond—bonds like the one between Lady Bird Worthy and her dog, Toby.

Bryan Mitchell / AP Images for The HSUS
Serving communities—and their animals

Everyone’s lives can be enhanced by a pet and those who choose to should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love and meaningful relationship a pet brings. At its core, Pets for Life challenges the institutions that create and perpetuate divisiveness, unjust policies and a stark imbalance in resource accessibility.

Where is Pets for Life?

Bridging the gap between animal service providers and millions of people and pets living in poverty requires a collaborative effort, and the movement is always growing. Explore the map below to see where Pets for Life programs are currently making an impact all across the country and to learn about each of our dedicated partners.



Facts and stats
Cat at Pets for Life Event

Pets live in poverty with their families in the United States.

Puppy at Pets for Life event

Of pets in underserved communities are unaltered (not spayed or neutered).

Line of people and their pets at Pets for Life event

Served through the Pets for Life program.

Sweet dog being help by owner waiting at a Pets For Life event in Philadelphia.

Many wonderful pet owners in the United States face immense financial and geographic barriers in accessing veterinary and pet care services. Your support honors the common love of, and connection to, animals that transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries. 

Lisa Phillips